Not since the late 1970s have teachers in Shelby County gone on strike, but faced with a fourth-consecutive year without salary increases and a more stringent evaluation, there’s talk that some educators could plan a ‘sick out–masses of teachers simultaneously calling in sick.
It’s illegal for Tennessee teachers to strike.
On Wednesday, the district’s communications department released a statement to the media that there had not been an increase in teacher absences. The district declined to make any further statement on the issue.
“That’s not best for kids and it creates a situation that’s not stable (with) a bunch of subs coming in,” said Dorsey Hopson, the district’s superintendent.